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Arkansas Blue Star
3 Seasons of Changing Color!

Arkansas Blue Star

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2011 Perennial of the Year!

From spring blooms to brilliant fall color, this native plant delights!
At last, Arkansas Blue Star gets the recognition it so richly deserves! Named the 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year, it is suddenly on everyone's wish list. We're pleased to make it available here, and to add our voice to the chorus of praise for this low maintenance, deer- and drought-resistant native perennial. For multi-season interest in color, texture, and form, there's nothing to beat it!

Every season brings a new color show with this delightfully easy, hard-working native plant. In late spring and early summer, masses of tiny, sky-blue blooms add cool tones to the sunny garden. In summer, the finely-cut, feathery dark green foliage forms a rich backdrop for your showy annuals and perennials. And in fall, the leaves turn a blazing golden-yellow that rivals Japanese Maples for intensity and beauty!

Arkansas Blue Star Flower is a modest little plant, just 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide, with a bushy, unfussy habit that gives little hint of the riches it has in store for you. A good neighbor in the border or bed (it is not invasive, but can hold its own with competing roots), it is especially attractive planted among ornamental grasses and in front of fragrant shrubs such as Clethra 'Ruby Spice,' which not only shares its sweet scent with Amsonia but also participate in the fall foliage show!

Content in any well-drained soil receiving full sun to light shade, Arkansas Blue Star Flower tolerates dry soil and drought once established. It is generally unpalatable to deer, but butterflies and bees simply cannot get enough. Soft to the touch, billowy and beautiful, is an all-season investment in the landscape. Plant several -- spacing them about 3 feet apart -- for a glorious ribbon of fall color! Zones 5-9.

Genus Amsonia
Species hubrichtii
Zone 5 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Late Spring - Early Summer
Habit Mound-shaped
PlantHeight 3 ft
PlantWidth 4 ft
AdditionalCharacteristics Award Winner, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fall Foliage Changes, Flower, Free Bloomer, Native
BloomColor Light Blue
FoliageColor Dark Green, Mix, Yellow
LightRequirements Full Sun, Part Shade
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Magnificent
southcakboi from SC wrote (January 16, 2014):
The Amsonia can be late to put out new growth in the spring. For a minute there, I was thinking mine might be a goner. It can also take a little time to mature but once it does it is truly a magnificent plant. Such a pleasure enjoying the airy foliage in the summer breeze!
Amazing shrub that is beautiful from spring thru fall
Carolyn Pittman from OH wrote (September 30, 2012):
though the name is long this shrub is a visual delight. in the spring delicate blue flowers appear, in the summer the foliage is a soft green and in the fall it turns on its spectaular changing color. I get many inquiries about this shrub as very few people have it in their gardens - it is a worthwhile investment. mine is planted near the front porch but give it the room it needs. as the description states, hubrichtii is not invasive.